Little Things Forever
Do you enjoy hunting for tiny items? Picking out hidden objects? Finding small things contained in much larger things? Fresh from Klick Tock, creator of ZONR, Little Things Forever is an updated and expanded follow-up to the original Little Things, offering up thousands of tiny items to find as you hunt your way across puzzles unlocking new shapes to pick apart. It's a great improvement over the original game, but it's also precisely what we like about casual mobile releases: quick fun, lasting appeal, and endless content.
Little Things Forever is essentially a hidden object game without all the pretense. Instead of trying to come up with excuses to present you with rooms crowded with items, Little Things simply hands you with a screen full of stuff and says "now find some stuff!". Each level starts out with a picture, and that picture turns into a collection of smaller objects. You can zoom and scroll your way around the screen as you see fit, doing whatever it takes to find the items listed at the top of the screen. Sometimes you'll be timed, sometimes you'll just have a short list to locate, but all the time you'll be scanning hundreds of tiny items trying to find the one bit of pixels you need to win!
Completing levels earns you puzzle pieces that unlock new macro shapes to solve. When you complete sets, you also get to work on a small jigsaw-style puzzle where you have to complete a picture by swapping and matching tiles on the screen. There are also achievements to strive for, just in case you need some additional excuses to head back and play.
Analysis: Little Things Forever streamlines the process of hidden object finding, folding everything up in a gorgeous little package that's pleasing to look at and enjoyable to use. Watching shapes slide and zoom as you complete levels and start new stages is strangely satisfying, especially since you know you're about to become intimately familiar with everything contained in the borders of the macro item!
If there's any sort of drawback with Little Things Forever, it's that the game focuses so intently on one gameplay element, and some players will be looking for more. It's a nice contrast from the "everything and the kitchen sink" philosophy of game design, but apart from unlocking new shapes and completing different puzzles, there aren't any major surprises waiting around the corner.
It's simple, rewarding, and a perfect bit of relaxing enjoyment that's perfect for short sessions. Little Things Forever is a little slice of casual gaming bliss. It's also a great game to share with a friend!
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.